Deschutes Brewery retained its place as the eighth largest craft brewery in the U.S., but fell two places to No. 15 overall, according to the annual Brewers Association ranking for 2016.

The association, a Colorado-based trade group that represents small and independent brewers, ranked D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., of Pennsylvania; Boston Brewing Co. of Massachusetts; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., of California; New Belgium Brewing Co., of Colorado; and Gambrinus, of Texas, in the top five craft brewers by sales in 2016.

Overall, powerhouse brewing companies Anheuser-Busch Inc. and MillerCoors, joined Pabst Brewing Co., Yuengling and North American Breweries, of Rochester, New York, to make up the top five brewers by sales. The Brewers Association released its rankings Wednesday.

Deschutes at No. 8 claimed the highest rank among Oregon craft brewers in 2016, followed at No. 29 by Full Sail Brewing Co., of Hood River; Rogue Ales of Newport at No. 30; and Ninkasi Brewing Co., of Eugene, at No. 33.

The Brewers Association defines craft brewers as those that produce 6 million barrels or less of beer annually and have an ownership stake of less than 25 percent by any brewery that is not craft.

Among all U.S. breweries, Craft Brew Alliance, of Portland, of which Anheuser-Busch has a financial stake, ranked 10th in sales volume, followed by Des­chutes at 15th, Full Sail and Rogue at 38th and 39th, respectively, and Ninkasi at 42nd.

— Bulletin staff report

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